3M to buy Johnson Control's safety gear business

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The logo of Down Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company 3M is shown in Irvine, California April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2017)

3M Co said on Thursday it would buy Johnson Control International Plc's safety gear business, Scott Safety, in deal with an enterprise value of $2 billion.

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Scott Safety manufactures respiratory and protective equipment and other safety products for firefighters, industrial workers, police squads and the military.

The business had annual revenues of about $570 million in 2016, 3M said.

Johnson Controls, which manufactures products ranging from car batteries to heating equipment, had been exploring a sale of the business, Reuters had reported last week.

(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)